More security for premier

2008-05-09 00:00

Security has been improved outside Premier S’bu Ndebele’s house after armed men broke into his Glenashley home in Durban yesterday.

It is believed that the men forced their way into Ndebele’s home even though it is heavily guarded by armed police. Ndebele’s daughter, her friend and the domestic worker were asleep while the suspects ransacked the house. A computer from his office, a DVD player and some clothing were taken. The women were not harmed.

Residents in the quiet suburb in Durban North were woken by police and security company sirens at 4 am. Many had gathered outside Ndebele’s home while police searched the property.

Ndebele told Weekend Witness that he was outraged and felt extremely violated by the suspects who he believed could have harmed his family. "Their actions show the type of audacity criminals have because there is a 24-hour police presence outside the house. They still forced their way …" he said.

He described the robbers as "arrogant" because they came prepared to kill anyone who came in their path. "This shows the desperation of criminals and how they are not scared to attack others. This is not the first time I have been a victim of crime," he said.

Ndebele said he knows there are lots of others who have been affected by crime and urged them to start a "popular front" against crime. "We should strengthen the fight against crime and be committed. Also people should not be accessories to crime by buying stolen goods," he said.

Sapa reported that last weekend, President Thabo Mbeki’s official residence at Mahlambandlovu on the Bryntirion Estate in Government Avenue, Pretoria, was burgled. Thieves made off with at least R30 000 worth of aluminium cable.

Last year, the home of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was also burgled as was the home of KZN Safety and Security MEC Bheki Cele.

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